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Full bench of Supreme Court judges to take up case against President

The Attorney General is said to have decided to call for a full bench of Supreme Court judges to hear a case against President Maithripala Sirisena, sources from the Attorney Generals Department revealed.

The AG's department is currently said to be preparing to make the request for a full bench in order to hear a human rights case filed against President Sirisena claiming he is vicariously liable based on the fact that criminal negligence had given rise to the Easter Sunday attacks.

The Attorney General has taken the decision to make the request considering the serious situation which occurred in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks, the sources added.

The case relating to the attack has been filed on behalf of those who lost their lives by five complainants.

The Attorney General has been named as a respondent among others. The public has been given the opportunity to file a human rights petition against the President following the 19th amendment to the constitution which eliminated full immunity from legal action enjoyed by the post previously.

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